The National Traction Engine Trust

The world of Road Steam continues to evolve, be it changing public attitudes, the ways in which we communicate as a group of enthusiasts or, potential constraints to the enjoyment of our hobby. The NTET is now over 50 years old and has always recognised it needs to be proactive in addressing the risks, challenges and opportunities that exist in maintaining our heritage with steam on the road.

Therefore, as part of a continuous review cycle, the NTET is preparing to undertake a focussed review of the 'business' of Road Steam to ensure that they and the steam fraternity's wider interests remain aligned with the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead.

This wide ranging review will aim to draw in feedback from across the spectrum of road steam, from members and non-members, from those who serve our hobby commercially (e.g. suppliers, repairers, inspectors, insurers) to event and rally organisers (both authorised and non-authorised) and those government agencies that continue to work with the NTET in support of all our interests in ensuring steam remains freely on our roads. This feedback will be encouraged through a small number of focus groups to develop a series of recommendations that will be shared with all of the participants.

An independent and voluntary working team has been created to undertake this review. Consisting of 8 current General Council members with Rich Hurley, as chairman, an engine owner, who is a partner in a leading accountancy firm and supported by John Douglas an Independent management consultant. The level of success that this review can deliver, will depend on the active participation from anyone or any organisation that has an interest in road steam and who would like to join one of the intended Focus groups. This participation will range from providing openly their thoughts and comments to also calling for volunteers to work with the team to help shape its' recommendations to the membership at the planned November NTET Annual General Meeting.

If in reading this you would like to be involved and share your views, whatever they may be, or more importantly, become a member of a focus group please contact us by email at feedback@ntet.co.uk or by writing to NTET Review Feedback c/o NTET General Secretary, South View, Hutton Roof, Carnforth, Lancs. LA6 2PF.

Rich Hurley, Chairman, 2010 NTET Review

29 Jan 2010